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Thread: metallic thread preference

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    Power Poster sewnsewer2's Avatar
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    What brand of metallic thread do you like for machine embroidery and why?

    Have you ever used ThreaDelight metallic thread?

    I'm trying to find a good metallic to do FMQ on a jacket I'm going to make.

    Thanks for you imput! :D

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    I have found that the best way to use metallic when FMQ is doing bobbin work.

    Load the machine with water soluble thread on the top and bobbin. Place the item on the machine face up. Stitch around the perimeter of the area you want to embroider. If you wish you can do a mock embroidery of what you want where you want it. Remove the water soluble thread from the top AND bobbin and keep in a safe place (the results may be horrible if you don't keep it safe). I like Superior Metallic Thread. Load the metallic on the bobbin, and a very fine thread, like The Bottom Line on the top. Turn the item upside down and do your embroidery or FMQ. Wet the item to dissolve the water soluble thread. When you load the more delicate threads on the bobbin they are subjected to very few points of pressure, therefore it doesn't break.

    Good luck with your project.

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    One of the secrets to working with metalic threads is to use the needle made especially for them. It has a different feed into the needle that saves the thread from shredding. I love using anykind of decorative thread. I have a large colleciton of speciality needles.

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    I've found a very nice metallic thread, but can't remember the name, big help huh? Let me go look. It's called YENMET, made in Japan. And I too use a metallic needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pats8e8
    I've found a very nice metallic thread, but can't remember the name, big help huh? Let me go look. It's called YENMET, made in Japan. And I too use a metallic needle.
    Yenmet is what I have been using too. I bought some sulky and I'm not crazy about it. It is flat and kinda odd feeling.

    I finally got my jacket decorated. I did use the sulky and yenmet. But I was wondering about other brands of metallics. I'm not experienced with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Quote Originally Posted by Pats8e8
    I've found a very nice metallic thread, but can't remember the name, big help huh? Let me go look. It's called YENMET, made in Japan. And I too use a metallic needle.
    Yenmet is what I have been using too. I bought some sulky and I'm not crazy about it. It is flat and kinda odd feeling.

    I finally got my jacket decorated. I did use the sulky and yenmet. But I was wondering about other brands of metallics. I'm not experienced with them.
    So are you going to post a picture of your jacket? Or did I miss it somewhere?

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    The only ones I've used are Sulky - I rarely use it, only for a small embellishment on wall hangings here and there.

    A tip from someone who quilts for designers and publishers: put a drop of Sewer's Aide on the spool. It really works well for metallic and for invisible threads.

    And as somebody else said, make sure you are using a needle specifically for metallics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pats8e8
    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Quote Originally Posted by Pats8e8
    I've found a very nice metallic thread, but can't remember the name, big help huh? Let me go look. It's called YENMET, made in Japan. And I too use a metallic needle.
    Yenmet is what I have been using too. I bought some sulky and I'm not crazy about it. It is flat and kinda odd feeling.

    I finally got my jacket decorated. I did use the sulky and yenmet. But I was wondering about other brands of metallics. I'm not experienced with them.
    So are you going to post a picture of your jacket? Or did I miss it somewhere?

    Yes, I did use the metallic needle.

    Pats8e8, I have not finished it, so you haven't missed it. :lol:

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